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Eagle Creek to Twister Falls

RSVP's for this hike will open on Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 AM

TOTAL MILES: 13.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1200 ft
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Challenging due to length of hike
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass

This will be Brad’s second qualifying hike to become a Hike Leader, and as such I'll just be along for the ride. Thanks, Brad- I know you'll do a great job out there! Below is Brad’s hike description...


CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 75 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $7.50. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

This is one of the most popular hikes in Oregon. After leaving the trail head, the hike almost immediately begins to climb the sheer rock walls of Eagle Creek. If you never have been here before this hike is fairly rolling and encounter steep hill sides. So be prepared for tough terrain and cliff heights. At 2 miles you will come to Punchbowl Falls, and at 3.2 miles you will reach the High Bridge. After crossing the High Bridge, the trail continues upstream for another 2.8 miles to the fantastic Tunnel Falls. The builders placed cables to hold on to as the trail takes you past several very steep areas.


Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • Celeste

    Beautiful

    March 30, 2013

  • Tim F

    Great day on the Trail, thanks Brad.

    March 30, 2013

  • Steve

    Stellar job choosing and leading this hike Brad... excellent day on the trail with great hiking peeps! Thumbs up all around!

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Jerry G

      I second Steve's comment! All in favor, say "aye"

      March 30, 2013

    • Jerry G

      ...unless you're a pirate. Then you can say "arrrh"....

      March 30, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    Thank you, Brad, for the perfect day! A beautiful hike, great leadership and super bunch of people!

    March 30, 2013

  • Roberta M

    Beautiful day incredibly scenic hike. Good group of people walking at a quick pace that also allowed time for pictures of numerous falls. Thanks for your leadership Brad!

    March 30, 2013

  • Jerry G

    Brad, in which parking lot are we meeting? The main lot between NE Pacific St and the Oregon health clinic or the long skinny lot at the end that parallels the tracks? I'm looking forward to my first meetup hike - woo hoo!

    March 30, 2013

  • KRIS

    I am currently on the waiting list, but would like to hike tomorrow, regardless... Can I hitch a ride with any of you guys? Much appreciated...

    March 29, 2013

    • KRIS

      Jerry G, I sent you a message... I can meet you tomorrow at Gateway transit center..

      March 29, 2013

    • Jerry G

      Kris - I just got the last official slot in this meetup a couple of hours ago (someone cancelled and I jumped on the spot). I'm a newbie, so I'm not sure how this works since I'm no longer "rogue". I think I'll be carpooling (either drive or ride) with the official meetup group.

      March 29, 2013

  • Lisa

    REALLY sorry to cancel late notice:just back from REI for new insoles & was informed my boots had broken down at the midsole, and needed to swap out boots asap. Don't trust brand new boots for a 1st time out on this long hike :-(

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    for those still on the waitlist, would u like to get together and still do the hike?

    March 29, 2013

    • Jess

      My boyfriend and I were planning to do the hike regardless of the waitlist situation. We're in to meet at the trailhead.

      March 29, 2013

    • Jerry G

      Hi Reema! Looks like KRIS is also interested in forming an informal "waitlist" stragglers group. I'd be up for that. Should we meet at the Gateway transit center along with the main group?

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    Hi Brad,

    It makes sense for me to meet you at the trailhead, as well. I'll be there by 8:30. Looking forward to it.

    Thank you!

    March 28, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Kathy the mileage is right at 13.0 to Twister. I did see a gps that said it was 35 miles once.

    March 26, 2013

  • Kathy

    I just did this and it is 14 miles or maybe 14.5 miles.

    March 13, 2013

    • Linda L.

      Kathy, do you think I am fit enough to do something like this? :)

      March 19, 2013

    • Kathy

      Yes Linda you are. It isn't steep. It is a gradual and rocky incline. It is just long. It kills me because of all the rocks. You need good sturdy boots. My ankles and knees kill me when I am finished, but it is so gorgeous!

      March 20, 2013

  • Evy

    Hi...just curious how rsvp's aren't open yet but there's already a waitlist?! How do you get on the "go" list? Thanks.

    March 13, 2013

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